May 19, 1988 |
When Give 'Em Hell, Harry was first produced on the stage in the mid-1970s, a number of factors contributed to the popularity and success of the one-man show about President Harry S. Truman. One factor was James Whitmore, whose performance, critics agreed, evoked the former president to a remarkable degree. Other factors were Truman's recent death, his comparatively recent presidency and the ongoing national trauma of Watergate, which made the prospect of a plain-spoken, honest man in the White House undeniably appealing.
July 31, 1996 |
A Northeast Philadelphia man who helped rob banks across the Midwest, allegedly to finance right-wing groups, has agreed to plead guilty to federal robbery charges and testify against his accomplices. Kevin McCarthy, 19, a member of the self-styled Aryan Republican Army, testified Monday in federal court in Columbus, Ohio, that he had participated in a series of heists with Scott A. Stedeford, an Ardmore native, and Peter Langan of Columbus. McCarthy, who was living with his grandmother in the Bustleton section before his May arrest, said he had signed an agreement to plead guilty to robbery and related charges in a case involving about 20 stickups across seven states between November 1993 and last December.
October 20, 2015 |
I repeat: Unless she's indicted, Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. I wrote that six weeks ago, amid fevered dreams of a Clinton collapse and a Joe Biden rescue. That those were a mirage is all the more obvious after Tuesday's debate. The reason, then as now, is simple: Clinton has no competition. She's up against three ciphers and one endearing, gesticulating, slightly unmoored old man. If Vice President Biden was ever thinking of getting into the race, he'd be crazy to do so now. It's over.
May 25, 1996 |
A second suspect linked to a white supremacist bank robbery gang responsible for at least 22 heists in seven states was arrested yesterday by FBI agents in Philadelphia. Kevin McCarthy, 18, of Colebrook Road near Artwood Drive, was jailed pending a hearing next week. McCarthy, an unemployed guitar player who has no known criminal record, is charged with participating in the robbery of the Magna Bank of Bridgeton, Mo., on Aug. 16, 1995. McCarthy's arrest follows the arrest Wednesday of Scott Anthony Stedeford, a guitarist, drummer and singer from Ardmore.
May 5, 2016 |
Ivan Provorov, the Flyers' No. 1 selection in the draft last year, was named the Western Hockey League's top defenseman Wednesday. Provorov, 19, of the Brandon Wheat Kings, led WHL defensemen with 73 points (21 goals, 52 assists), and he topped the league with a plus-64 rating in 62 games. Selected seventh overall last June, he finished the season second in points per game (1.18) for a defenseman. Calgary's Travis Sanheim, another Flyers prospect, finished first by averaging 1.31 points per game.
May 18, 1988 |
When Colleen Dewhurst came through town last year in a one-woman show about the crazed widow of Eugene O'Neill, she was asked what had attracted her to the play. She said she thought of it as an annuity, an insurance policy, something she could count on to support her in her old age. Which is good news for her, but what about us? One-actor plays, especially when they are based on "historical figures," often tend to be nothing more than a pasting together of old news clippings and letters and speeches.
January 8, 1990 |
Love or Money, shelved since 1988, is the kind of painfully laughless romantic comedy that was made more frequently when investors looking for major losses could use films as tax shelters. If only for diminishing the number of lousy movies made with sheltered money, the Tax Reform Act of 1986 was good for something. Love or Money, the story of a young, handsome, poor, unprincipled real estate broker who falls for a young, beautiful, rich, principled marine biologist, manages to be heartless and bankrupt.
September 29, 1995 |
Director Andrew Davis has never won the Palm D'Or or an Academy Award. Doesn't need them. His achievements, unheralded though they are, speak for themselves, and they say he's one of our best living directors. Davis has already ascended cinema's Olympus. He has done so by making two movies - "Under Siege" and "Above the Law" - that make Steven Seagal look like a good actor. Anyone who appreciates movie-making, or Seagal, knows the extraordinary artistry this requires. Sadly, Davis - a low-profile, B-movie director with a long resume of fun action movies - seems to crave more resounding validation, even after the high-profile success of "The Fugitive.
April 18, 1988 |
It's been much more than a blue moon since we've had more than an occasional glittering show-business name come by and set for a spell. The famine is about to end with a vengeance. Commencing one week from tomorrow, with "An Evening with Tammy Grimes," barely a week will pass without a familiar name to caress upstream on the Delaware. After all too many seasons of amateur night, there will once again be a reason for chugging on up the river to the Bucks County Playhouse, the stately gray lady of New Hope.
April 29, 1999 |
Wissahickon's baseball players want to make sure they are taken seriously. The Trojans topped visiting Plymouth-Whitemarsh, 5-2, yesterday, improving their Suburban One League American Conference record to 6-1 (they are 8-3 overall) and maintaining their lead in the Freedom Division. Wissahickon won behind Don Hooton's five-hit, 10-strikeout pitching gem and last-out relief from Drew Moyer. "A win over P-W is a big thing for this program," said Hooton, who is 3-0 in conference games.